David Crosby Reveals The Best Songwriter By Saying She’s Better Than McCartney, Bob Dylan, And Neil Young


The vocalist and co-founder of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby opened up about his opinions on other legendary songwriters during a fan Q&A session hosted by Rolling Stone magazine, and apparently, it’s Joni Mitchell who is the best songwriter out of other ones Crosby knows such as the Beatles icon Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young.

As many of you know, there are a few artists that come to mind instantly when fans think of the greatest rock songwriters of all time most of which are some of the biggest names in rock music history that have written some of the most popular songs.

While fans may have different opinions on who is the best of all time, musicians such as the Beatles bassist Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan whose lyrics included a range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influence, ‘Godfather of Grunge’ Neil Young, and countless more are the names that every music listener can come up with when it comes to being one of the greatest as a songwriter.

During a recent interview including fans’ questions, David Crosby also was asked about the songwriters and came up with Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Graham Nash, and many more as great songwriters, however, those icons weren’t the best songwriter according to Crosby.

Apparently, the best singer-songwriter in Crosby’s opinion is Joni Mitchell who is often regarded as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century and The Byrds guitarist isn’t alone with this opinion as Rolling Stone referred to Mitchell as ‘one of the greatest songwriters ever’ after all.

Here is what Crosby said:

“No, I know these people. I mean, Joni Mitchell, probably the best singer-songwriter of our generation, was my lady. We lived together for about a year and I produced her first record. I brought her to California, introduced her to everybody, said, ‘Hey, this is the best songwriter I ever heard.’ And it’s pretty much the same with the others.

James Taylor, my good friend, Bob Dylan, who is my good friend, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Randy Newman, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Jackson Browne, Neil and Stephen, and Graham… They’re all good writers, you know? So, yeah, I do think I do know most of the good songwriters of our generation. And I think I’m a fair judge of them.”

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